Passport Verification (PPV)

Updated 11/7/2022

Upon arrival to the United States (U.S.), all new international F-1/ J-1 students and J-1 scholars are required to complete Passport Verification (PPV) with the Office of International Services (OIS). PPV is a mandatory online check-in procedure for international students and scholars that verifies their entry to the U.S. as well as their immigration status to ensure the student/scholar is eligible to start an academic program/appointment at USC for their upcoming start date. Once all documentation is submitted, OIS will validate the SEVIS record. Failure to complete PPV in a timely manner will affect your eligibility to legally remain in the U.S.

All international degree students (F-1 and J-1) have an STU50 (for graduate students) or STU60 (for undergraduate students) hold on their USC account. This hold is lifted once students arrive in the U.S. and complete PPV with OIS.

Special note for J-1 Non-Degree Students and J-1 Scholars: OIS will not place holds on the USC accounts of J-1 Non-Degree Students and J-1 Scholars.


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F-1 and J-1 Students

Information for Spring 2023

Students Starting Their Program from Abroad as Non-F-1/J-1 Students for Spring 2023

The decision to begin an academic program from abroad is at the discretion of the academic department. Therefore, students should first consult their plans with their academic advisor. Students who are unable to begin their program in-person for spring 2023 and need to begin their program from abroad as non-F-1/J-1 students cannot complete PPV at this time as they are not in the U.S. Instead, they must submit the Request for Temporary Lift of Registration Hold to OIS for review. Academic advisor’s approval is required on the request form. Graduate Viterbi students, your VASE advisor must sign the form. The STU50/60 hold will be temporarily lifted to facilitate online course registration for spring 2023. Students may also need an updated Form I-20/DS-2019 for fall 2023. OIS will review each request and issue an updated Form I-20/DS-2019 if needed. Students will need to complete PPV once they have entered the country for fall 2023. The STU50/60 hold will be permanently lifted upon successful completion of fall 2023 PPV.

Students who are admitted to USC for spring 2023 but are unable to begin their academic program in the spring should notify their academic department to discuss their options.

Students Starting In-Person Study at USC for the First Time in Spring 2023

Spring 2023 PPV will begin November 7, 2022.

All students who arrive in the U.S. for the first time in spring 2023 or transfer their SEVIS record from another U.S. institution (and have not left the U.S.) must complete PPV. This includes any student who may have started their program from abroad through online enrollment in 2020, 2021, 2022; and anyone who has been studying at another U.S. institution and transferring their SEVIS record to USC. OIS will remove the existing STU50/60 hold within three business days from the PPV document submission date. For all other course registration inquiries, contact your academic advisor or department coordinator.

Students who started their program from abroad and do not have a USC I-20/DS-2019 for spring 2023 should request one from OIS. Instructions on how to request the Initial Attendance Form I-20/DS-2019 for spring 2023 is available here.

OIS Passport Verification (PPV) Instructions

STEP 1. Activate your USC NetID Account Services
STEP 2. Watch the video that applies to you:

STEP 3. Login to the PPV Document Submission System to upload your immigration documents

Required Immigration Documents
  1. USC I-20 pages 1 and 2 (sample document) or USC DS-2019 page 1 (sample document)
  2. Passport photo ID page (sample document)
  3. I-94 (Visit this website & click Get Most Recent I-94)
    • If the website does not load your I-94, take a photo of your visa stamp in your passport (example) and upload it to PPV.
  4. Travel History (Visit this website & click View Travel History)
    • If the website does not load your Travel History, complete this form and upload it to PPV.
  5. F-1 student visa ID page  (sample document) or J-1 student/scholar visa (sample document) (Canadian citizens exempt)

Questions regarding PPV requirements? Email oisppv@usc.edu. For J-1 related issues, please email j1scholar@usc.edu or j1student@usc.edu.

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Pending Permanent Residents and Other Non-Immigrant Visa Types

Students who are pending permanent residency or on other non-immigrant visa types such as E1, E4, H-1B, H4, L1, L2, O1, or R1 who are currently in the U.S. must complete Passport Verification (PPV).

STEP 1. Activate your USC NetID Account Services
STEP 2. Login to the PPV Document Submission System to upload your immigration documents

Required Immigration Documents by Visa Type
Pending Permanent Residency:
  1. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
  2. Pending PR documents (sample document)
Other non-immigrant visa types (i.e. H-4, E-2, J-2, etc.):
  1. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
  2. I-94 (Visit this website & click Get Most Recent I-94)
    • If the website does not load your I-94, take a photo of your visa stamp in your passport (example) and upload it to PPV.
  3. Travel History (Visit this website & click View Travel History)
    • If the website does not load your Travel History, complete this form and upload it to PPV.
  4. Visa stamp (sample document)

DACA/AB540 Students

DACA/AB540 students are NOT required to complete Passport Verification. Instead, email your USC ID number to oisppv@usc.edu to request to have your STU50/STU60 hold removed.


Change of Degree Level (example: BS Business Admin to MBA)

Students who have completed a degree program at USC in spring 2022 and are starting a new program at USC in summer/fall 2022 will have a STU50 hold placed on their record by USC Admissions. These students are not required to complete PPV with OIS – do not use the online PPV Document Submission System.

To remove the STU50 hold, complete the I-20 Request Form (select “Validation of higher degree” as the reason for the request). Upon submission, the student will receive a confirmation email from OIS@usc.edu. To complete the degree validation process, the student must reply to the confirmation email and attach a copy (PDF format) of the higher degree USC I-20 with Form Issue Reason as “Change of Education Level” issued by the Office of Graduate Admission.
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